For the past several years, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) has risen to a very important status among the Chinese national government’s agencies. However, it lacks a specific procedural law to empower it with specific enforcement actions. Against this background, the CAC issued the Provisions on Administrative Law Enforcement Procedures for Internet Information Content Management (《互联网信息内容管理行政执法程序规定》) (the “Provisions”) on May 2, 2017, more than one year after the CAC released its draft measures for public comments. The Provisions will become effective on June 1, 2017, the same effective date as the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”).

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